San Diego Chargers' Eric Weddle fined for watching daughter dance

Eric Weddle
Weddle has been with the San Diego Chargers for nine years

The San Diego Chargers have fined Eric Weddle $10,000 for watching his daughter perform a half-time routine with the team's junior cheerleaders.

Weddle, one of the team's best players, has also been banned from attending San Diego's final NFL game of the season.

The 30-year-old chose to remain on the field instead of returning to the locker room at the end of the half.

Head coach Mike McCoy said in a statement that it was an "organisational call".

Weddle, who has played 137 games in a nine-year stint with the Chargers, was watching his seven-year-old daughter Brooklyn dance in a programme sponsored by the team's cheerleaders.

He was not the only player with a child performing, but was the only one who did not join his team-mates and coaches at half-time in last week's 30-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

David Canter
Weddle's agent David Canter tweeted a picture of Weddle with his daughter and described the fine as "nonsense"

McCoy added: "We have a club policy here and there are certain things we have to do at half-time to make adjustments and things like that."

Weddle, a free safety, was placed on the injured reserve list and told he will not be allowed to travel with the team for the season-ending game in Denver on Sunday.

He is set to become an unrestricted free agent this spring.

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